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Garden Diary - What's Going On In Yours?


altitude50 16 21.3k United Kingdom
3 Dec 2020 4:46PM
The most number of Goldfinches together I had ever seen was three - about a year ago. This afternoon a group of about 10 suddenly descended on next door neighbour's bare tree, it was quite dark & my nearest window opens the wrong way but I did manage to get some pictures of 8 from another open window with my hastily grabbed Panasonic TZ 80 at full zoom.
Sorry about the quality, just a record shot, not cropped or edited.
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20 Dec 2020 2:18PM
My Kakis (Persimmons) have just started to come ripe - it always needs a light frost or two. The tree is still quite small (2m), planted three years ago but there are at least 20 fruits this year.
Tomatoes however are now finished, we are still eating the last few fresh ones picked about 10 days ago, but the frosts were just enough to damage the plants even in the poly tunnel. With a bit of restraint we could still have a fresh tom or two on Xmas day !
SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
21 Dec 2020 10:32AM
My lawn is now officially a Bog.
KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 180 England
22 Dec 2020 7:36AM
Every morning at around 7.30am I am treated to the gorgeous trill of a Robin - easily heard through double glazing!
SteveAitch 3 43 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2020 11:56AM

Quote:Every morning at around 7.30am I am treated to the gorgeous trill of a Robin - easily heard through double glazing!

I know what you mean.

My morning walk to the newsagent is a bit before then and I am serenaded all the way by blackbirds and robins*. The current lack of road traffic makes it all the more audible.

* Apparently they have the best eyesight of birds, so they start singing first.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
24 Dec 2020 12:28PM
First thing in the morning (well, about 8.30 these days) I go into the garden to fill the feeders. All around me I can hear the chatter of my gang of sparrows, the doves are usually hovering around but not quite so tuneful, and the squawk of the crows, magpies and seagulls. So noisy, but really lovely.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
26 Dec 2020 11:29AM
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Took this on 23 rd Dec. We have a flock of over 30 House Sparrows visit our feeders.
Which is good. But unfortunately as with every year the Sparrowhawks keep visiting too.
They are common in our area.


SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
26 Dec 2020 2:28PM
Yes, same here.

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bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
26 Dec 2020 7:07PM
Sometimes I think we make it too easy for Sparrowhawks with our feeders, apart from Sparrows - Robins, Blackbirds, Goldfiches have been taken in recent years.Sad
SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
26 Dec 2020 7:14PM

Quote:Sometimes I think we make it too easy for Sparrowhawks with our feeders, apart from Sparrows - Robins, Blackbirds, Goldfiches have been taken in recent years.Sad

It's not a regular occurence in my garden. I wish sometimes I'd not started all this feeding as it's so hard to stop once you get your regulars. I blame it on Bill Oddie - he got me going years ago.
petebfrance 9 2.9k France
27 Dec 2020 12:50PM
Birds of prey are very rare around here because of these chaps:



Early on we had quite a few, but since the local farmers have been concentrating on maize the numbers of these jackdaws have exploded, and they patrol the area. I've seen them chasing off birds of prey (couldn't identify which sort) a few times. It's strange really, because on the ground the jackdaws are very nervy and wary of our cantakerous wood-pigeon, and even more so of magpies.
Squirrel 14 471 7 England
29 Dec 2020 7:45PM
I had to dig out all my blackcurrants today. Nasty case of blackcurrant big bug mite.SadSadSad
SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
2 Jan 2021 12:24PM
3 parakeets on the feeders today. Flippin' 'eck .. it's getting a bit much now, what with the 22 doves, numerous starlings and a flock of sparrows to contend with.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
2 Jan 2021 1:33PM

Quote:3 parakeets on the feeders today. Flippin' 'eck .. it's getting a bit much now, what with the 22 doves, numerous starlings and a flock of sparrows to contend with.

A few more species and you will be able to write a nice Xmas song.🦆🦅🐥😇

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